An Angel on your Shoulder

Have you noticed the angel on your shoulder

watching over you each day?

Perhaps you were too busy to notice

how the angel takes care of you

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You might think you are self-sufficient

and would never need an angel’s help

Take some time to reconsider

if you have any doubt, just pray!



Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel. St. Augustine

Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. For the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this natures, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an angel, which is a messenger. – Saint Augustine

I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on.- Rabindranath Tagore

A Christian Prayer

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those

who work, or watch, or weep this

night, and give your angels charge

over those who sleep. Tend the sick,

Lord Christ; give rest to the weary,

bless the dying, soothe the suffering,

pity the afflicted, shield the joyous

and all for your love’s sake.



Mount Athos -Closer to God!

Monastery of St. Panteleimon, Mount Athos, Greece
A monastery on Mount Athos
English: Monastery Xenophontos on Athos
Monastery near Mount Athos

I never knew it existed until last night

I was watching it on 60 Minutes

Newsmakers have not been given permission to visit since 1981 until now

The monks believe they are closest to God here reading holy books and praying

They chant Lord Jesus, have mercy on me and they believe in prayer without distractions

They spend eight hours conversing with God each day

and spend only three hours sleeping

Their whole aim in life is to become closer to the Almighty

For a thousand years monks and pilgrims have come

to the monastery near the Aegean with St. Simon as its founder

It is built on rock and people are amazed that it hasn’t fallen into the sea

Men who want to stay there for life have three years to prove themselves

They can never leave and they must let go of memories of  their past life

They pray St. Paul‘s prayer, the Jesus Prayer repeatedly

There are no newspapers or radios and few telephones

At 3 a.m. a bell rings to call them to start praying in the church

The monks eat two meals, each only ten minutes long

It takes only fifteen minutes to tour the monastery quickly

It has secret places where holy artifacts are kept under many keys and no one has all four of them

The monks do not consider the items holy relics or art-just part of their holy environment

The monastery was built to honor Mary, the mother of Christ and no other woman is allowed

The Germans wanted the rare paintings and other items but the lead monk intervened

It is a horrendous trip to get to the monasteries, which are all along the cliffs

There are many footpaths to be kept cleared and food is harvested there by monks

While they work the monks chant prayers to Jesus Christ nonstop

Contour map of the Aegean, with names

Map of the Aegean with place names

Credit to 60 Minutes for all the details about Mount Athos which so intrigued and inspired me

Excellent site about Mount Athos

Wikipedia write-up about Mount Athos

The Soul Is Still Here

Our Lady of Fatima Statue at Conyers, GA, USA

English: Nativity scene


The tv reporter said

“The soul is gone out of

this place today!”

But I witnessed happy

people who enjoyed their

Christmas church service

in a community hall

And the same spirit

still existed in the smiles

and camaraderie all around

The grandchildren were there

held close in arms that love

and eyes that smile upon them

The singers and musicians

gave it their all in hymns that

have been passed down for centuries

The parishioners and priest were

jovial and energetic after

such a trying day the day before

How can anyone say because a

building burns to the ground

that the soul had gone?



Baring The Soul


Image by the|G|™ via Flickr

Writing is like baring the soul

for all to see and critique

How can she write that garbage?

Is she nuts or out to lunch?

Where did that idea come from?

It is easier than telling someone in person

It tells more than you would in an email or letter

It is like whispering to God as He knows your essence

You don’t have to pretend or try to impress anyone

You do not have to apologize for it is who you are

It is like purging yourself with nothing left to give

It is a freeing from all those memories that keep you in your past

You can move on without all the tethers that confine

You are more you than if you keep all those words inside